Trinity Western University is very pleased to announce the appointment of Andrea Soberg as Dean of the School of Business.
Soberg is no stranger to the School of Business. She has acted as Associate Dean since 2005, co-managing the School that currently has more than 500 students and 18 faculty and staff and she was on the Board of Governor's Task Force in 1999-2000 that created the design of the current School of Business. In her role as Dean, Soberg will continue to be responsible for academic program development, course scheduling, exchange programs, faculty and staff recruitment and development.
Says Soberg, "I'm very excited for the opportunity to be leading a team of phenomenal Christian academics who are also recognized for their accomplishments in the local, national and international business communities."
Soberg has a wealth of experience to guide her. Soberg is a tenured Associate Professor who leads the Human Resource Management specialization in the BBA program and has a consulting business called People First Consulting where she works with organizations, in both the private and public sector. She holds a Master of Industrial Relations degree from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University, and is a Certified Human Resource Professional in Canada.
When asked why she is so passionate about TWU's School of Business, Soberg replies, "The opportunity to develop students - undergraduate, graduate, and those who take seminars through executive/corporate training - into future leaders of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations throughout the world is so rewarding. This involves having the opportunity to help these students think about their personal, professional, and business/management decisions with a Christian world-view."
TWU launched the School of Business in 2000 as the first professional school at TWU but the Business program has had a long heritage at TWU, being one of the first associate degree programs offered when the university was only a junior college in 1962. In the late 1970's when TWU started offering four-year degree programs, students took business courses through its Faculty of Business and Economics. Today, the undergraduate program offers specializations in accounting, corporate finance, entrepreneurship, human resource management, international business, leadership and management, marketing and personal finance. The TWU MBA was launched in 2007 and expanded to offer an MBA with an International Business Specialization in 2008. The School has also been recognized in national newspapers like the Globe and Mail for its unique programs.
Soberg says, "Some of the School's distinctives include small classes, professors who are business professionals in their area of discipline which means students have an opportunity to work on real-time consulting projects within their classes, and the fact that we offer students the opportunity to be mentored by local and national business leaders. We also have international exchange programs where students can take a term to study abroad and receive TWU credits, and we offer an annual travel study when students can learn some of their business courses while visiting businesses in other countries."
Now at the helm, Soberg is eager to see the School continue to grow and be recognized. "My goal is to further enhance the quality of the education products we currently deliver. We are a very unique School in that we teach business from a Christian perspective and we know that this adds value that other schools just can't provide."
Trinity Western University, in Langley, B.C., is an independent Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers 42 undergraduate majors, ranging from biotechnology, education, nursing, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 16 graduate degree programs include counseling psychology, business, theology, linguistics, and leadership, and interdisciplinary degrees in English, philosophy and history. TWU holds Canada Research Chairs in Dead Sea Scroll Studies, Developmental Genetics and Disease, and Interpretation, Religion & Culture.
Last Updated: 2009-06-08